ABUS DE FAIBLESSE / ABUSE OF WEAKNESS

SYNOPSIS
Catherine Breillat, a writer-director who has frequently mined the first
person, has created her most personal work yet with Abuse of Weakness.
A recounting of Breillat’s involvement with notorious con man Christophe
Rocancourt following her stroke in 2004, Abuse of Weakness stars
Isabelle Huppert as Maud, a filmmaker so willful that not even a brain
hemorrhage will deter her from continuing her next project. Watching
late-night TV, she comes across Vilko (French rapper Kool Shen), a highprofile
swindler boasting of his exploits on a chat show. Transfixed, Maud
is determined to cast him as the male lead in a tale of murderous amour
fou. What follows is a series of psychic seductions: The cocky, lupine
flimflammer is turned on by Maud’s indomitability, and the physically
debilitated, haughty auteur secretly delights in the dutiful, if bullying,
attention shown by her new star. This folie à deux reaches its climax
when Vilko begins asking Maud for money for loans or ludicrous business
schemes; she uncaps her pen after every single demand, writing checks
totaling 650,000 euros. Simultaneously an unsparing recapitulation of
bad choices and a disavowal of them, Abuse of Weakness is not a tale of
victimization but of Breillat score-settling with herself.

“Isabelle Huppert gives an indelible performance.”
—Zachary Wigon, The Village Voice

DIRECTOR
Catherine Breillat

SCREENPLAY
Catherine Breillat

CAST
Isabelle Huppert
Kool Shen

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 105’
PRODUCTION Belgium, France, Germany, 2013
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Strand Releasing